Tardelli insists Ireland will embrace the 'yellow' peril
Published 05/10/2011 | 05:00
MARCO TARDELLI insists that the Irish management will field the strongest team available for Friday's clash in Andorra, and resist the temptation to protect players who are a booking away from suspension.
Ireland's Euro 2012 group will come to a close on Tuesday with a Dublin encounter against an Armenian side who are still very much in the running for qualification.
Tardelli has stressed that management are taking no chances with a view to the first game of the double-header.
Glenn Whelan was on the reserve side in training yesterday, with Keith Fahey and Keith Andrews in the centre of midfield. Whelan is on a yellow and would miss the Armenian game with another caution.
Kevin Doyle, Stephen Ward, Stephen Hunt and Simon Cox are also in jeopardy. Tardelli was coy when asked about Fahey's position in training, but denied that anyone walking a tightrope would be excluded.
"No, no I think we must play with all players," he said. "The players on yellow cards will play. The match against Andorra is very important for us because if we win, the people will come, the fans will come, against Armenia.
"We have many solutions now in midfield. Andrews, (James) McCarthy, Whelan stay well. Fahey stay well. I think many things are possible. We have two days to decide."
Ultimately, the decision will lie with Trapattoni; Tardelli tends to devolve responsibility when it comes to discussing team matters.
A clearer picture will develop later today when the official party arrives in Barcelona for an overnight stay.
They will go through their paces at Espanyol's training ground this evening before travelling on to Andorra tomorrow.
Jon Walters' participation remains in doubt. He stayed in Stoke for treatment on an ankle problem and the FAI were awaiting news from the Premier League club's doctor last night.